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Stories by Nick Stoffel

Lady Aztecs Advance To Second Round Of The NCAA

The lady Aztecs of San Diego State did what the men couldn't do in the NCAA tournament. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off In First Debate

The California Republican gubernatorial candidates squared off for their first debate in Costa Mesa last night. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

SDSU Basketball Teams Win Mountain West Conference Tournaments

San Diego State basketball teams are headed to the Big Dance. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Republican State Senator Roy Ashburn Admits He's Gay

A Bakersfield lawmaker's DUI arrest is turning into a story about his sexuality. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Chargers Continue To Make Big Moves During Off-Season

The San Diego Chargers continue to make big moves during the off-season. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

California Assembly Speaker Promises A Year Of Reform

The California Assembly has a new speaker and he vows this will be the year of reform. We're joined by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Chargers Face New Backfield Look

The San Diego Chargers released runningback LaDainian Tomlinson last week, but another big name in the backfield may not return either. North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris tells us who may step up for the Chargers.

Ballot Measure To Improve Traffic Flow In Coronado

People in Coronado will vote this June on a ballot measure to improve traffic flow on the island. The idea of a tunnel has been under review for years, but not everyone wants it. We spoke with Jim Benson, interim city manager for the city of Coronado, about the tunnel.

State Lawmakers Continue Work On Emergency Budget Fix

State lawmakers are ready to continue work on an emergency budget fix Tuesday. We're joined on Morning Edition by nonpartisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

SDSU Men's Basketball Team Travels To Utah

The San Diego State men's basketball rides a four-game winning streak into Utah this week as they take on nationally-ranked Brigham Young University. Joining us on Morning Edition is North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

These Days

California Cities Passing Cat Declawing Laws

Some California cities are passing cat declawing laws before a new state law takes effect on January 1st.

These Days

College Football Bowl Games Mean Big Bucks for San Diego

Two college football bowl games will be played in San Diego, and that means much-needed tourist dollars for the region.

GOP Announcing Candidates For 2010 Election

California Republicans are starting to announce their candidacies. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

San Diego Chargers Gain Sweeping Victory Over Miami Dolphins

The San Diego Chargers got back on-track with their victory over the Miami Dolphins. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

CA Passes Prison Reform

California has revealed a plan to reduce the state's inmate population. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Chargers Unable To Defeat Ravens

The San Diego Chargers were dealt a defeat in last night's game against the Ravens. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Governor To Issue Executive Order On Renewable Energy

California lawmakers are home after the legislative session ended last week, but they may be coming back to Sacramento sooner than anticipated. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Chargers Expected To Win Against Raiders Tonight

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The journey to bring a Super Bowl to San Diego starts tonight and some think this is the year the Chargers win it all. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris who joins us from the Bay Area.

Calif. Lawmakers Struggle to Take Action by Friday

California lawmakers are headed into the final stretch of the legislative session this week. State water supply and prison overcrowding remain unresolved.

Gas Prices Dropping Nationwide

Gas prices in San Diego County still hover around $3 a gallon. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at PFG Best Research in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Fire Season Could Push State Budget to the Limit

Several wildfires continue to burn across California. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento political consultant Leo McElroy.

Chula Vista Little League Headed to World Series

A Little League team from Chula Vista is going to the World Series. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Military Prepares Aerial Support for Fire Season

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Several wildfires burning throughout California have forced people from their homes. They've burned tens of thousands of acres in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Shasta Counties.

California Senate President Sues Governor Schwarzenegger

There have been reports California's state senate leader was planning to file a lawsuit against Governor Schwarzenegger. We asked non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy what Democratic Leader Darrell Steinberg is trying to do.

Chargers Fans May Have to Listen to Games on the Radio

Thousands of San Diego Charger fans packed Qualcomm Stadium this weekend. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports Columnist Jay Paris.

CA Could Face Lawsuits Over Line-Item Vetoes

California has a budget, but it's balance is precarious and we not have seen the end of deficits. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres' Pitcher Jake Peavy Traded to White Sox

Pitcher Trevor Hoffman returned to Petco Park this weekend, but he didn't get the last laugh against his former team. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Memorial Service for Slain Border Patrol Agent Takes Place Today

A large gathering of family and law enforcement are expected this morning in El Centro to pay tribute to a Border Patrol agent. Joining us on Morning Edition is Brad Jennings, Editor of the Imperial Valley Press.

Former Padre Inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame

Another San Diego Padre has been inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

California Struggles for Budget Deal by Friday

There's optimism California's $26 billion dollar budget mess could be resolved this week and with good reason. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

No-Hitter Marks New Low for Padres

The San Diego Padres blew out the San Francisco Giants yesterday, but it was what happened Friday that made the headlines. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Lower Credit Rating will Hurt State in the Future

California lawmakers met again Monday to discuss how to solve the state's $26 billion budget crisis. And again, we don't have a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Trade Hairston to Oakland

The San Diego Padres lost a weekend series against a division rival. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

A New Fiscal Year Brings IOU Distribution

The California Senate has approved a Democratic budget-balancing plan, but it faces a certain veto from Governor Schwarzenegger. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Win First Series in a Month

The San Diego Padres have won their first series in a month. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris.

Water Conservation to be a Permanent Way of Life

The last time San Diego County could rely only on local supply for all its water needs was 1946. It will never happen again. San Diego's water future will certainly be drier than most of us are used to. KPBS reporter Alan Ray talked with Dennis Cushman, the Assistant General Manager of the San Diego County Water Authority.

Dropping Gas Prices Due to Increased Production and Lowered Demand

San Diego gas prices have dropped for the fourth consecutive day, but they had gone up everyday for the past month and a half. We're joined on Morning Edition by Phil Flynn, Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago and a Fox Business News contributor.

California Could Lose Federal Stimulus Money

State lawmakers are expected to vote this week on a Democratic plan to fix California's 24 billion-dollar budget deficit. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Win Two out of Nine Interleague Games

The Padres have won two of nine interleague games this month. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times Sports Columnist Jay Paris to discuss the latest in sports.

Homeowners to Pay Less Property Tax

If there's a bright spot to the housing bubble, it's that many San Diego County homeowners will pay less in property taxes. Joining us on Morning Edition is David Butler, Tax Assessor for the County of San Diego.

Budget Deadline Comes and Goes with No Decision

The deadline to pass a new budget came and went on Monday. As expected, there isn't a deal. We're joined on Morning Edition by non-partisan Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

LA Lakers Win NBA Championship

The Los Angeles Lakers are NBA world champions for the 15th time. We're joined on Morning Edition by North County Times sports columnist Jay Paris.

Good Economic News Drives Oil Prices Higher

We're joined on Morning Edition to discuss oil prices, fuel efficiency and more with Phil Flynn Senior Market Analyst at Alaron Trading in Chicago, and a Fox Business News contributor.

Nine Lawmakers Agree to Salary Cuts

California's $24 billion budget deficit is putting pressure on state lawmakers. We discuss this with Independent Sacramento Political Consultant Leo McElroy.

Padres Lose in the Longest Major League Game this Season

The Padres lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in the longest major league game this season.

San Diego Job Market Awaits Those with New Skills

Unemployment in San Diego County stands at 9.1 percent, but a new report suggests there are jobs in San Diego for people willing to learn new skills.

Proposed Budget Cuts Dig Deeper into Education and Welfare Programs

Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to call lawmakers into a joint session on Tuesday to outline his latest cuts.

San Diego State Aztecs Lose NCAA Tournament

The San Diego State men's baseball team came up a little short this weekend and Sports Columnist Jay Paris joins us to discuss what happened at the NCAA tournament.

Lawmakers Say UC Legislature Needs Accountability

The University of California system is out of control because administrators are getting high salaries during the state's budget crisis, according to Democratic Senator Leland Yee.

Governor Proposes Additional Cuts

Governor Schwarzenegger is calling for new cuts instead of borrowing from Wall Street, as he'd originally proposed.